Wednesday 17 March 2021 to Sunday 28 March 2021

#FiveFilmsForFreedom: a global LGBTQ+ short-film celebration

The world’s widest-reaching LGBTQ+ digital campaign returns from 17 to 28 March 2021.

Running since 2015, the programme has seen more than 15 million people viewing one of the films in over 200 countries and principalities, including many parts of the world where homosexuality is criminalised, and in some cases, punishable by the death penalty.

Five Films for Freedom brings distinctive voices from around the globe to screens wherever you are. The line-up of films, which showcases work by emerging filmmakers from across the globe, has been selected from BFI Flare's programme.

Join us on Twitter #FiveFilmsForFreedom.

In Ireland the campaign is supported by GAZE International LGBT festival.

Our 2021 programme


(USA / Directed by Natalie Jasmine Harris)

On the eve of her cotillian ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.


(Spain / Directed by Daniel Toledo)

A bittersweet reunion between a trans woman and her ex sparks tension and a long buried resentment.

Trans Happiness is Real

(UK / Directed by Quinton Baker)

A transgender activist takes to the streets of Oxford to fight anti-trans sentiment through graffiti.

Bodies of Desire

(India / Directed by Varsha Panikar, Saad Nawab)

Using Varsha Panikar's poetry series of the same name, Bodies of Desire is a visual poetry film capturing four sets of lovers amid passion.

Land of the Free

(Sweden / Directed by Dawid Ullgren)

David and his friends celebrate his 25th birthday with a swim at the beach. The good mood quickly changes after two straight couples walk by and laugh. But was the laughter directed at them? And who owns the truth of what exactly happened?